Obit: Barker, George R. (1872 - 1938)
Contact: Marsha Hosfeld

Surnames: Barker, McKenna, Hoover, Folstad, Berger, Rilling, Konecny, Engel, Ingersoll, Anderson, Ketcham, Dillon, Papierniak, Miller, Whaples, McCray, Earl, Perry, Herrick, Hennlich, Raminger, Jantsch, McCarron, Papesch, Paff, Pope, Brecke, Haywood, Philips, Johnson, Drake, Cummings, Aspen, Forman, Plummer, Northrup, Fradette, Hallie, Sterling, Goelty, DeLap, Tabor, Zimmer, Maddy, Bunnell, Dakens, Gilman, Newby, Sterling, McNeal, Hatchough, Young, Hanson, Oehler, Platteter, Dubt, Peters, McCarthy, Hanson, Moore

----Source: ABBOTSFORD TRIBUNE (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 16 June 1938

Barker, George R. (24 June 1872 - 13 June 1938)


Funeral services for George Barker, who died at his home Tuesday morning, will be conducted Friday afternoon at two o’clock from the home and at 2:30 from the Presbyterian church. The funeral will be conducted under the auspices of the Abbotsford Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Barker has been confined to his bed for the past 14 weeks as the result of a stroke. He would have been 66 years old this month. Death was cause by complications resulting from the stroke suffered about four months ago.

Mr. Barker lived in this vicinity all his like. He was a retired mail carrier, a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Maccabees, Woodmen, and of the Rural Letter Carriers’ Association.

*Transcriber note: This obit implies his death occurred on June 14, but the following article says June 13.

----Source: ABBOTSFORD TRIBUNE (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 23 June 1938


On Friday, June 17, at 2:30 P. M., one of the largest funerals held in this village was conducted at the Presbyterian church for George R. Barker, retired rural mail carrier, who passed away on June 13 after an illness of 15 weeks, caused by a stroke. He was born June 24, 1872 at Plover, Wis., came with his parents to the town of Holton at the age of six months. All of his life was spent in this community. On July 30, 1901 he was married to Mildred McKenna at Colby, Wis. One daughter was born to this union, Fern, who passed away on April 16, 1937. On November 1, 1904 he entered the rural mail service, retiring after 30 years service on Nov. 1, 1934.

Rev. E. H. Hoover conducted the services at the church. Two solos were sung by Mrs. A. J. Folstad, "Face to Face" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", with Mrs. William Berger accompanying.

The many beautiful floral offerings were carried by members of the Eastern Star. The active pallbearers were Dr. J. A. Rilling, Joe Konicny, Chas. Engel, Kenneth Ingersoll, Martin Anderson, H. T. Ketcham.

The services at the grave were conducted by the Masonic Order. Mr. Barker was also a member of the Maccobees and Rural Letter Carriers, who attended in a body. Interment took place at the Abbotsford Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, four grandchildren, three sisters: Mrs. Mabel Martens, Abbotsford; Mrs. Tom Miller, Withee; Mrs. Fred Peters, Fond du Lac; one brother, Seth, of Abbotsford, Wis.

Those in attendance from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dillon, O. W. Bean, Chippewa Falls; Mr. and Mrs. J. Papierniak, Thorp; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Miller and sons Clarence and Bertell, Earl Whaples, Withee; Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCray, Fred Earl, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Perry, Owen; Mr. and Mrs. Grant Herrick, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hennlich, Curtiss; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Raminger, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jantsch, Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCarron, A. P. Miller, Martin Papesch, Mrs. Leonard Paff and daughter, Mrs. Mary Pope, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brecke, Dorchester; Mr. and Mrs. George Haywood, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Philips, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Drake, Mr. and Mrs. Will McKenna, Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Aspen, U. H. Forman, Will Plummer, Mrs. Oscar Northrup, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fradette, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hallie, Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Ned Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goelty, Colby; M. W. DeLap, Mrs. Elizabeth Tabor, Mrs. Robert Zimmer, Mrs. Cecil Maddy, Mrs. M. C. Bunnell, Stevens Point; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dakens, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gilman, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Newby, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sterling, Plover; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McNeal, Chili; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hatchough, Vesper; Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Young, Auburndale; Otto Hanson, Mrs. Cecil Oehler, Park Falls; Mr. and Mrs. George Platteter, Stetsonville; Sam Dubt, Athens; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peters, Fond du Lac; Mrs. Dan McCarthy, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hanson, Cushing; Fayne Moore and son Barker, Marshfield.

*Transcriber note: According to the Abbotsford Cemetery index where she is buried, Fern, the daughter of George & Mildred Barker, was married to Fayne Moore Jan. 19, 1922.

*Transcriber note: There is a McKenna Family History page on this site which includes a photo of George & Mildred (McKenna) Barker. The Abbotsford Centennial Book apparently says George Barker was the first baby born in Abbotsford, but this obit says he was born in Plover, WI and came to Abbotsford at the age of six months.



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